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The Black Wet Fly tied Winona Fly Factory Style

  • Hook: #12-#18 Wet Fly/Nymph Hook
  • Weight: 10 Turns of .15 (for a #14)
  • Thread: Black 8/0
  • Bead: Optional
  • Rib: SM Black Ultra Wire
  • Undershell: 6 Strands of Peacock Herl
  • Overshell: 16 Strands of Black Krystal Flash
  • Underbody: Black Dubbing + Peacock Ice Dub (Blended)
  • Hackle: Black (Oversized)
  • Collar: Peacock Ice Dub

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Start by crimping the barb, add the bead/weight and start the thread on the hook. Wrap in weight and work thread to the hook barb. Tie in a length of SM Black Ultra Wire, this will give the fly strength and when working with Herl and Krystal flash a little added strength is a good thing. Tie in the strands of Peacock Herl and then the strands of Krystal Flash. Blending 75% Black Dubbing with 25% Peacock Ice Dub, Dub a fat “house flyish” looking body towards the hook eye, stop leaving a bit of space between the body and the head of the fly (you need the room on the hook shank for the rest of the fly). After the body is dubbed bring the Herl forward and tie off, clip the excess and bring forward the Krystal Flash forming a double layered shell back. Wrap the black ultra wire forward (I like three wraps) and tie off. At this point tie in the hackle feather and make two full turns, tie off and trim. Stroke the feather fibers towards the rear of the fly as you dub with the Peacock Ice Dub to form the collar, this should hold the fibers a bit towards the rear, note: you do not need much Ice Dub for this step. Whip finish and your done.

This is the Winona Fly Factory version of this pattern and has been adapted from the original pattern developed and proven effective by Tom Dornack, a local T.U. leader and fly fisherman who has given me invaluable information regarding trout, insects and hatching. The original instructions can be found here. This fly imitates a drowned terrestrial and it works, especially later in the summer months. This was crushed upon touching the surface of trouty water as well as sunk down deep, it takes fish when you lift your rod and bring it rising to the surface and it looks damn good doing it too. Fish it with confidence.

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  1. “This fly imitates a drowned terrestrial”

    I think it also imitates a snail. I cleaned a couple of trout this spring from the sb of the ww – it was full of ’em. Not sure how nutritious they are…

    After I noticed the snails, I went a googling..didn’t find much, except this story some guy had out west. Local shop told him ‘they’re hitting on beetles’. He looked but couldn’t find a beetle anywhere near the water, but less in it. But when somebody crossed upstream of him – the trout started feeding – on the snails the wader had knocked loose. He seined some – looked a lot like the beetle pattern the fly shop was pushing.

    avatar Mister Bubble
    1. The beads you see in this and other patterns came from a craft store in Winona, MN called Montage. I don’t have the exact package infront of me but I can try to find the brand later. Shoot me an email with contact info if you’d like me to send you out a package. I’ve been meaning to get down there and pick up more anyways. Take care.

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